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Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul – Reawakening What Our Souls Know: Barbara Brown Taylor in Conversation with John Philip Newell

With Barbara Brown Taylor in Conversation
with John Philip Newell


An Evening Book Event & Conversation
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET

In this evening’s event, Barbara Brown Taylor will converse with John Philip Newell about his new book, Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World. In it John Philip Newell, a leading spiritual teacher, reveals how Celtic spirituality—listening to the sacred around us and inside of us—can help us heal the earth, overcome our conflicts and reconnect with ourselves.

John Philip Newell, who has written on the long, hidden tradition of Celtic Christianity, will explain how this earth-based spirituality can help us rediscover the natural rhythms of life and deepen our spiritual connection with God, with each other and with the earth. He will speak about some of Celtic Christianity’s leading practitioners, both saints and pioneers of faith, whose timeless wisdom is more necessary than ever, including:

  • Pelagius, who shows us how to look beyond sin to affirm our sacredness as part of all God’s creation, and courageously stand up for our principles in the face of oppression.
  • Brigid of Kildare, who illuminates the interrelationship of all things and reminds us of the power of the sacred feminine to overcome those seeking to control us.
  • John Muir, who encourages us to see the holiness and beauty of wilderness and what we must do to protect these gifts.
  • Teilhard de Chardin, who inspires us to see how science, faith and our future tell one universal story that begins with sacredness.

By embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, we will learn how to listen to the sacred and see the divine in all of creation and within each of us. Human beings are inherently spiritual creatures who intuitively see the sacred in nature and within one another, but our cultures—and at times even our faiths—have made us forget what each of us already know deep in our souls but have learned to suppress. Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul offers a new spiritual foundation for our lives, once centered on encouragement, guidance and hope for creating a better world.

Note: Each ticket includes your own hardcopy of the book Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell. The book will be mailed after the event to participants with the current U.S. mailing address. Please allow 2 – 4 weeks for book delivery.

Regarding the book: If you are joining us from outside of the U.S., please email us at: hello@opencenter.org before registering for the event.

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.


“As this book makes clear, the Celtic spiritual tradition is a clear-flowing stream that can help us in the hot and thirsty moment. There are deep lessons to be learned from these remarkable women and men.” – Bill McKibben, author of Falter

“Newell offered me a new creation story for Christian faith, one that matched my deep sense of what it means to be made in the image of God and called to communion with all living things. I commend his book to anyone who is ready to be born again.”
– Barbara Brown Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Holy Envy

“Many of us have been indebted to John Philip Newell’s writings for years but, in this book, he reaches new depths in his vision of the earth and the human journey. We, including a new generation of readers, need this Celtic wisdom urgently.” – Richard Rohr, New York Times bestselling author of The Universal Christ

“Newell invites us into the counterintuitive truth that much of the wisdom we need to navigate this moment has already been spoken in the past. I’m convinced that we’ve only begun to see just how far and wide his voice is going to be heard.”

– Rob Bell, New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins

“Not just a book about the wisdom of Celtic saints and seers of the past, this is the work of a contemporary Celtic prophet urging the world to awaken to the beauty and justice that is the heartbeat of all that is. Savor its words; live its wisdom.”

– Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded and Grateful



  • Prerequisites: N/A
  • Supplies list for the class: N/A
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course that requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.

Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul – Reawakening What Our Souls Know: Barbara Brown Taylor in Conversation with John Philip Newell

  • 1 Session(s)
  • Aug 26 2021 5:00 PM ET


$34 - Book Included


$39 - Book Included

John Philip Newell is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher, speaker and author of several books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God and A New Harmony.

Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association in 2006.


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